Yoko Kusunose

Yoko Kusunose
University of Kentucky | UKY · Department of Agricultural Economics

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Introduction
Yoko Kusunose currently works at the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky. Yoko does research in (micro) development economics and the economics of information. Her current projects include 'Imperfect information'.

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Publications (11)
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Weather and climate forecasts can help agricultural producers improve management choices in anticipation of uncertain growing conditions. Current literature conjectures that the extent to which forecasts are useful depends on their accuracy, that is, the probability with which a forecasted event, such as precipitation, is projected to occur. Too li...
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We provide sufficient conditions for the economic value of a signal to be a convex function, either locally or globally, of the input required to produce the signal. We also provide conditions under which this input can be interpreted as a measure of the information contained in this signal. We demonstrate that, under certain conditions, informatio...
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This article documents how customary land tenure systems mediate transformations of land use and livelihoods in the arid pre-Saharan region of southeast Morocco. Although dominant development paradigms for land governance have begun to recognize customary regimes, development orthodoxy still holds that formalizing rules as part of national property...
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We integrate qualitative and quantitative methods to document the long-term impact of international migration remittances on household investment strategies, wealth outcomes, and equity of asset ownership among households in a Moroccan oasis valley. In the early 1960s, nearly 80,000 Moroccan men from the south-eastern oases left their families to w...
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School-lunch programs in developing economies often rely on international food aid to improve nutritional and educational outcomes for school children. Alternatively, Home-Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programs use locally grown food. Using surveys from 150 households in Ghana regarding constraints facing local smallholders, we present a series of hy...
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The past few decades saw tremendous advances in weather and climate forecasting ability. These advances opened up the possibility of strategic adaptation of agricultural management in anticipation of weather and climate outcomes, resulting in a profusion of studies estimating the value of weather and climate forecasts. Estimated values from this li...
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The relationship between off-farm work and farm input use in Sub-Saharan Africa has been documented, although results are mixed concerning the direction of effect. Here, we explore the robustness of this linkage by applying a range of econometric models to panel data collected in Kenya, using maize as an example because of its importance as a major...
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The present paper evaluates the effects of the use of improved cookstoves (ICSs) on household fuel expenditure in Southern Haiti. It takes advantage of the fact that approximately 80 households received ICSs, a novel technology, in the aftermath of the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Survey work in 2014 permits a comparison of fuel expenditures between IC...
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We explore vulnerability to drought in Morocco by analyzing household coping responses to a severe drought. We find that nearly 25% of households increased or decreased their cultivated land via short-term land tenancy arrangements. We use this pattern to motivate a model in which drought shocks induce the reallocation within communities of usufruc...
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An evaluation of the risk-reducing effectiveness of the Livestock Gross Margin–Dairy (LGM-Dairy) insurance program, using historical futures price data, predicts economically significant reductions in downside margin risk (24–41%) across multiple regions. Supply analysis based on the estimated risk reduction shows a small supply response, assuming...
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Returns are generally used as a measure of how efficiently a farm is being managed. The objective of this study is to identify factors that contribute to higher farm management returns in Kentucky. Fixed-effects regression and quantile regression reveal that farm size, greater assets, percentage of cash-rented acreage have a positive influence on t...

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